Visual Arts

Awakening students' imaginations.

The aim of Visual Arts is to develop and nurture the intellectual and creative potential of all students by enabling them to think and respond with action to a wide range of artistic experiences.

Students are encouraged to take risks and to experiment with media in an exploration of personal responses to work undertaken. The program also aims to develop fine motor skills, critical thinking and an understanding of the functionality of aesthetics, both within the Visual Arts and beyond.

The curriculum develops the ability and self-confidence to form, express and articulate informed personal opinions in a visual, written and verbal manner. Further, it contributes to the development of a positive self-image and emphasises the importance of the individual through practical art activities.

Our Visual Arts Department also offers an additional layer of educational opportunities for interested students outside the timetabled curriculum. These include:

 

An Art Club for Years 5 to 7 students run by the School Art Captain.

An Artist in Residence program giving students the opportunity to relate to professional artists.

An excursion program giving students the opportunity to view original artworks. Life Drawing classes are offered to our Years 11 and 12 students.

The annual Art Show, which is an important and traditional celebration of student visual culture.

 

ELC and Junior School

The Visual Arts are an integral part of our ELC program where learners explore and express their understanding and observation of the world. Our Prep to Year 4 program embraces the PYP approach to inquiry based learning in a specialist visual learning space. The program is based on tactile and new technologies in both a traditional studio environment and a multimedia studio.


Middle School

The Years 5 and 6 program embraces a broad range of materials and concepts. Students are taught both skill and conceptual development in using visual language to clearly express ideas and observations. The Years 7 and 8 program introduces specialist streams of student learning where the girls can access broad production techniques and ideas.


Senior School

Years 9 and 10 subjects provide students with specialist semester based electives. Over the two years they can elect studies in Painting, Printmaking, Textiles, Photography, Sculpture and Design. Each subject requires students to consider the personal and cultural function of art.

In Years 11 and 12, two VCE studies are offered: Art and Visual Communication Design.